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Table 3 Number of contacts and proportion advised post-exposure prophylaxis as reported by local health authorities (LHA) for 41 invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) cases notified in 2012 in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany

From: Public health management of invasive meningococcal disease in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, 2012: adherence to guidance and estimation of resources required as determined in a survey of local health authorities

Category of IMD contact No. contacts recommended PEP No. cases with ≥1 contact Contacts per case % contacts recommended PEP
Mean Range
Household members 0–18 years 35 16 0.9 0-9 97
Household members >18 years 113 35 2.9 0-15 96
Healthcare workers 83 14 2.0 0-21 100
Kindergarten/preschool NA 0 0 - NA
School 34 3 1.1 0-21 72
Dormitory or similar 3 1 0.07 0-3 100
Family visit* 73 14 1.8 0-17 100
  Children (<19 years) 37 14 0.9 - 100
  Adults (>18 years) 36 14 0.9 - 100
Other contacts 110 20 2.8 0-42 97
  Children (<19 years) 21 4 0.4 0-10 100
  Adults (>18 years) 89 16 2.2 0-42 100
  1. A total of 451 contacts, 127 children and 324 adults, were recommended PEP.
  2. NA: Not applicable *As age was not specified, we assumed ~50% each children and adults.